Lee in front after flawless 65

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SOUTH Korea’s Meena Lee leads the Ricoh British Women’s Open after a fine seve under par round of 65, much of which was played in difficult conditions over Carnoustie today.

The early starters looked to have got the better of the weather, with the conditions fairly benign for those getting under way this morning.

However, things started to change around lunchtime and the rain began to fall quite heavily.

But this did not bother Lee, whose best finish this season to date has been sixth, as she carded seven birdies and no bogeys in a quite flawless round of golf.

Earlier on, Brittany Lincicome recorded a sparkling five under par 67 to take the clubhouse lead.

Fellow United States player Angela Stanford is one shot further back after her round of 68, along with Germany’s Caroline Masson and South Korea’s Amy Yang.

There are nine players tied for sixth place, including Caroline Hedwall, who was the first off this morning at 6.30 a.m.

Scottish hope Catriona Matthew, the ambassador for Carnoustie Country, is three shots off the pace after her opening round of 70.

Defending champion Yani Tseng is one under par after 14 holes.

Click to the right to view a slideshow of our pictures from this morning’s action.